Your world may seem to have turned upside down. You may feel absolutely devastated, bewildered, confused, angry and even guilty.
You may start to ask yourself:
- What is happening to me? And to my child?
- Why did my child have to tell me?
- Is it my fault?
- Who recruited my kid?
- But the bible says this is a terrible sin!
- Isn't homosexuality an unnatural perversion?
- Can my child be cured of homosexuality?
- Or you might even think It doesn't matter if my child is gay. It makes no difference to me!
Most parents are seeking comfort and reassurance that their child and their family will still be okay. And most are too embarrassed and scared to admit this secret to anyone; to reach out for that comfort.
Parents are struggling with the inner decision to try to find a way to change the child or to accept them.
Parents are feeling trapped between the love for the child and the teachings of their church.
But how do you start doing either one? How can you accept something about them that your church, your family, your friends and possibly even yourself finds unbearable, immoral or indecent?
New research suggests that gay, lesbian, and bisexual young adults from very rejecting families (as opposed to families who were neutral or mildly rejecting) are nearly six times more likely to have major depression and three to five times more likely to use illegal drugs or have unprotected sex.
The fact is that you have begun a new chapter in life; a new process has begun. As a parent, you’ll need to seek support for yourself and for your child. Finding a way to accept your child and loving them goes a long way toward keeping them safe later on. Helping your child with problems of loneliness, isolation, harassment and discrimination is vital. Many gay youth suffer in silence. Even those youth that are “out' to their parents, fail to inform parents of chronic harassment and discrimination problems at school.
We know you are searching for comfort, answers, and a way to make sense of this.
This can be a crisis or an opportunity, it's all up to you!
Special Guest: Poet, Author, Writer, Spoken Word, Motivational Speaker, Educator, Artist, Renair Amin joins us to give her perpective on being an "Out" Gay women,
Bio: Philadelphia, PA native Renair Amin is no stranger to the arts. As an author, she has written for various print and on-line publications including Gay Black Female Magazine, SABLE Magazine and DEEP HUES e-zine. She has been featured on the Nghosi Books, Femme Noir, Sistahs for Sistahs, Soulful Pen Xpressions and Kuma.com websites. Her work also appears in the Nghosi Books anthology, Longing, Lust & Loving. Her short play, The Ride, was a featured staged reading at the 3rd Annual Potpourri’s Reading Festival. She also has acted in Kimberly Q's "Erotica Monologues: Orchids" Play, and Wesley Curtis’ “Window in Harlem.” Read More
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